The ‘natural’ substance banning athletes from sport

29 October 2019

Despite being marketed as “natural”, Higenamine is one of the leading causes of positive doping tests in Australia.

Be aware, higenamine and other banned substances have been found in a number of supplements and not all of those products have those banned substances listed on the ingredients label.

If detected in an athlete’s sample, the athlete can face an up to four-year ban from sport.

Higenamine is found in many popular supplements and can also be called:

  • Norcoclaurine
  • Demethylcoclaurine
  • Aconite
  • Annona squamosal
  • Nandina domestica
  • Tinospora crispa

Higenamine is also present in various plants and exists in plumula nelumbinis, a part of lotus seeds, which is commonly used as an ingredient in cuisines, herbal medicines and nutritional supplements in China and other countries in East Asia.

 Higenamine, a S3 class Beta-2 Agonist, allows lungs to take in more oxygen and is prohibited in- and out-of-competition.
 
However, as a cardiotonic, higenamine can increase heart rate, putting an athlete at an increased risk of heart problems such as palpitations and irregular heartbeat.
 
ASADA warns the consumer has no way of determining how much higenamine is in a supplement even if it is on the label as the levels vary widely. ASADA further warns that manufacturers’ ingredients vary from product to product, and flavour to flavour.
 
ASADA does not approve or endorse any supplements.
 
“We have not and will not approve or endorse supplements, they pose too much of a risk to an athlete’s health and career," says ASADA CEO David Sharpe.
 
ASADA recommends you check all your substances before you take them on the ASADA Clean Sport app. For more information visit: ASADA tech.
 

  • Note, the following supplements are labelled as containing Higenamine.

Name

Flavour

S3

The one

Green Apple

Higenamine

Blaze

Pineapple Splash

Higenamine

End of Days

Lemon Lime

Higenamine

The Guerrilla Chemist

Guerrilla Juice

Higenamine

BZRK

Peach

Higenamine

Loco

 

Higenamine

Spazmatic

Watermelon Taffy

Higenamine

Cobra 6 Extreme

Kiwi Strawberry

Higenamine

Viper X

Kiwi Strawberry

Higenamine

Crack3D-U4X

Berry Lemonade

Higenamine

Albutarex v2

Berry Colada

Higenamine

Awaken

 

Higenamine

Thermoshred

Pineapple Mango

Higenamine

Ripped Thermogenic

Mixed Berry

Higenamine

Staunch

Peach Mango

Higenamine

Dust

Cotton Candy

Nelumbo Necifera